Day 1: Cape Town . Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to the Lady Hamilton Hotel. Situated on the fringe of Cape Town's CBD it has easy access to the hub of the daily city life. The Lodge is ideally positioned, making tourist attractions like V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Winelands, Kirstenbosch Gardens and Cape Point easily accessible.
Day 2: Table Mountain and Two Oceans Aquarium. Today we take a cable car up Table Mountain (weather-permitting). There are more than 100 scenic ways to climb the mountain, which stands at 1086 metres above sea level, but most people take the revolving cable car, which whisks you to the top in just a few minutes. The views from the top are magnificent.
Afterwards we visit The Two Oceans’ Aquarium – a window on the oceans of South Africa. Ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town. The kids are sure to love it. [B]
Day 3: Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens. Today, we explore Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens on a full day tour. After breakfast, we head off to Cape Point – the most South Westerly point of Africa. Breathe the freshest air in the world – straight from the Atlantic. This is where the cold Benguela current on the West coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East coast merge. As one of the highest sea cliffs in the world (249 meters above sea level), it is a sight to behold.
Afterwards we visit the African penguins at Boulder’s Beach. The afternoon will be spent at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its settings against the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. You are quite welcome to pack a picnic basket and relax on the well manicured lawns. [B]
Day 4: Oudtshoorn. Today we head out out early for the 4 hour drive to Oudtshoorn, traveling along the famed Route 62. This is the tourist route in the Western Cape that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.
It's an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and the abundance of trees and indigenous flora - all contributing to making Paarl and Wellington, the Breede River Valley, the Klein Karoo and the Langkloof some of South Africa's most diverse regions.
Check into La Plume Guesthouse. This is a Victorian homestead on a working ostrich, alfalfa and vine farm. Set in the tranquil Olifantsrivier Valley it demands spectacular views of the Swartberg Mountains. The rolling lawns and the sparkling pool are ready for you and your family’s enjoyment. [B]
Day 5: Oudtshoorn. Today we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and an Ostrich farm. The Wildlife Ranch is an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. This oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with our hand reared cheetahs. The whole family will enjoy exploring the facts and fiction surrounding crocodiles, view elegant cheetahs and Bengal tiger cubs. For the adventurous, there will be an opportunity to touch a cheetah, enjoy the closeness of a tiger cub, wrap oneself in a python and even dive with Niles crocodiles in the Natural Encounters programme. [B]
Day 6: Plettenberg Bay. Driving along the scenic Garden Route, today we make our way to Plettenberg Bay. The Garden Route is world renowned and stretches along the southern Cape coast from Slang River near Heidleberg, eastwards to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. It is an area of outstanding scenic beauty with indigenous forests, lakes and meandering rivers. Along the coast are towns and villages, each with a distinct character of their own. Just beyond the mountains, lies Little Karoo and also Oudtshoorn, famous for its ostriches and which is the principal town of the Klein Karoo. Here you can also visit the famous Cango Caves with their spectacular limestone stalagmites and stalagtites. [B]
Day 7: Plettenberg Bay. After breakfast, we visit the Knysna Elephant Park. Daily tours leave on the half hour every day from 8.30 to 16.30 from the informative visitor's centre and video viewing room to the elephants. Guests are transported to the elephants on a tractor & trailer where they will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph the gentle giants. Elephants love eating so don’t forget your bucket of elephant feed. There are no barriers or fences to spoil the close encounter. Guests are then transported back to unique elephant curios shop and Askaris restaurant.
This afternoon a visit to Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is planned. Here, visitors safaris are conducted by experienced rangers and you can expect to see many species of monkeys as well as a large variety of forest dwelling birds. After soaking up the splendor of a living forest, you can relax on the sunny deck of the restaurant while enjoying a cocktail. [B]
Day 8: Addo National Park. Via Port Elizabeth, we make our way to Addo Elephant Park.
Later today, we check into the Addo Rest Camp. Deep within the shadows of the dense valley bushveld of the Sundays River region of the Eastern Cape lies the Addo Elephant National Park. Here, the evenings are punctuated by the strident howl of the black-backed jackal, and the francolins call heralds each new dawn. This finely tuned ecosystem is sanctuary to over 450 elephants, Cape buffalo, black rhino, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo. Some of its unique features already include: unrivalled natural diversity, with five of South Africa's seven major vegetation zones (biomes), the Big 7 (Elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, whales and great white sharks) in their natural habitat and rich heritage of archaeological and historical sites. [B]
Day 9: Addo National Park. This day is yours to spend at leisure. You can visit the nearby Kenton on Sea Beach, visit the Kariega Game reserve, go on a game drive, hiking, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, mountain biking or go on a famous river cruise on the Kariega Queen. (All at own expense). [B]
Day 10: End of tour. After breakfast, Return to Port Elizabeth, where you bid farewell to your guide and your family vacation comes to an end. [B]